Longford charities have received almost 26,000 meals from Tesco Ireland

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

Longford charities have received almost 26,000 meals  from Tesco Ireland

Local charities and groups across Longford have received almost 26,000 meals to date from Tesco Ireland through their surplus food donations programme run in partnership with Irish social enterprise, FoodCloud.

A wide range of Longford based organisations including St Vincent de Paul’s Bethany House and St Martha’s Hostel have benefited from the redistribution of over 11,000 kgs (or 26,000 meals) of surplus food from Tesco stores across Longford since 2014.

Nationally, Tesco’s innovative surplus food donations programme has redistributed over two million meals to 195 charities since its launch in July 2014. This equates to over 20,000 meals distributed to charities and groups every week.

At present 109 of Tesco’s 148 Irish stores (73%) support local good causes with surplus food donations, with the retailer planning to introduce their programme into all of its Irish stores by the end of 2016. With 2 million meals redistributed to date, equating to 1000 tonnes of food, Tesco is encouraging more charities across Ireland to sign up and take part in this initiative.

One local Longford charity that has benefited from a partnership with Tesco and FoodCloud is Bethany House, a St Vincent de Paul project which provides emergency accommodation for women and their children. At Bethany House, the women cook for themselves so the food they’ve received from Tesco has made a huge difference, as it provides the women with a wide range of food to choose from. Any food that is not used by Bethany House is given to the men’s hostel, so nothing goes to waste.

Speaking about the initiative, David Darcy, Area Community Champion for Tesco in Longford said, “My day to day role involves working with the charities and FoodCloud to ensure our partners are receiving food which works for them. I have seen the impact that this initiative has on these organisations and I am delighted to play a role. I would encourage any charity to get involved in FoodCloud."